Machen, probably the most exciting 3-year-old prospect in New Orleans, made a successful transition from sprinting to routing when he won an entry-level allowance race Sunday. Now it&rsquo;s time to see how Machen will stack up against stakes opponents, something he could try as soon as the Feb. 19 Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds.\r\n&ldquo;If everything goes well we are leaning toward the Risen Star,&rdquo; trainer Neil Howard said Tuesday morning.\r\nMachen appeared to have exited his Sunday victory in good shape, and it shouldn&rsquo;t be surprising that the race didn&rsquo;t tax him. Locked in behind horses most of the way, Machen got to engage in real running for less than a quarter-mile of the mile and 70-yard race. Rank early while inside and behind a very slow pace (25.58 seconds for the opening quarter-mile, 50.68 for the half, and 1:15.61 for six furlongs), Machen relaxed into a more comfortable stride under Jamie Theriot after negotiating the first turn.\r\nWATCH REPLAY: Machen's Sunday allowance win at Fair Grounds &gt;&gt;\r\n&ldquo;Jamie said he settled in halfway down the backside,&rdquo; said Howard. &ldquo;Then it was just a matter of finding a seam.&rdquo;\r\nThat didn&rsquo;t happen until the field had straightened for home, but once clear Machen accelerated rapidly and drew off to win by five lengths over last-start maiden-route winner Don Dulce. The slow pace led to a modest final time, 1:44.60, and a 76 Beyer Speed Figure, far lower than the flashy 95 produced by Machen&rsquo;s sharp debut sprint win Jan. 2.\r\nMachen has been able to win his first two despite breaking slowly in both races, a habit that carried over from morning training to afternoon racing, said Howard, who trains Machen for owner-breeder Courtlandt Farms.\r\nDERBY&nbsp;NEWS&nbsp;ON&nbsp;TWITTER: Follow @DRFDerby for latest updates, winning Beyers, and more\r\n&ldquo;He walks right in the gate, he looks down the track, and then he just breaks that half-step slow,&rdquo; said Howard.\r\nThe slow breaks are something Machen will need to get past, but on Sunday his start helped Machen get valuable schooling during his race.\r\n&ldquo;Maybe that was a blessing in disguise,&rdquo; Howard said. &ldquo;Stretching out, he was maybe going to go too fast early.&rdquo;\r\nForest Uproar goes just fast enough\r\nForest Uproar on Saturday ran the slowest 1 1/16-mile race you may ever see in North America &ndash; and in so doing became a stakes winner.\r\nA complete pace void in the Marie Krantz Handicap on turf led to a glacial pace, with early leader Caminadora, who usually is a deep closer, setting splits of 28.65 seconds for the opening quarter-mile and 55.85 for the half. Forest Uproar tracked the pacesetter, took over in the stretch, and won the Krantz by three lengths, running 1 1/16 miles miles in 1:51.30, which would be a modest time for a 1 1/8-mile race.\r\nCrazy times aside, it was another strong performance from Forest Uproar, who had won allowance races at Keeneland and Fair Grounds before capturing the Krantz. The 5-year-old Forest Wildcat mare bred and owned by Sam-Son Farms had missed almost a year of racing before her October return at Keeneland, though trainer Mark Frostad said Forest Uproar had suffered no serious injury.\r\n&ldquo;She just was jarred up, and it took us a long time to get her back,&rdquo; Frostad said. &ldquo;We took our time with her, and she&rsquo;s been doing great.&rdquo;\r\nFrostad said he wasn&rsquo;t certain whether Forest Uproar would return for the $60,000 Lacombe Handicap on Feb. 26. A tentative longer-term goal is the $100,000 Bayou Handicap on March 26.\r\nNapravnik gets days\r\nAnna Rose Napravnik has been suspended seven calendar days, Feb. 6-12, by Fair Grounds stewards for her ride on Feelin Blue in the fifth race Saturday. Feelin Blue bumped another horse during the stretch run of a low-level maiden-claimer and was disqualified from second to fourth for interference.\r\nThrough Monday, Napravnik held a two-win lead, 48-46, over Richard Eramia in the Fair Grounds jockey standings. She said on Tuesday that she had not yet decided whether to appeal the ruling.